Elephants don’t do Ballet

Title: Elephants don’t do Ballet
Author: Penny McKinlay
Illustrated by: Graham Percy
Date/Publisher: 1997, Frances Lincoln Limited
Reviewed by: Trisha Faye, Binkey and Bubblegum Books

elephants dont do balletElephants don’t do ballet? That’s what Esmeralda’s brother, Ernest, proclaims. But Esmeralda is one determined elephant, with an mother on the path to help her daughter follow her dreams.

Even if elephants are too big too clumsy, or too uncoordinated to dance, Esmeralda sets out to prove everyone wrong. She is going to dance. Besides, what a few squished fellow ballet dancers, or a smashed piano and pianist?

The final dance show gets off to a disastrous start. But, Esmeralda saves the performance and brings the show to an unexpected, delightful close.

Then, on the way home, Esmeralda spies …. A skating rink ….

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